Feb. 27, 2010
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Twenty lifetime-best marks for women and 15 improved personal-record marks for men highlighted the performances of the Washington State track and field athletes but it was a disappointing finish for the Cougar teams at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, concluded Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor Facility in Seattle.
Jeshua Anderson (junior, Woodland Hills, Calif.) was the runner-up in the men's 400m dash, running an improved NCAA Provisional Qualifying and PR time of 46.38 seconds. Reny Follett (senior, Lewiston, Idaho) finished fifth in a time of 48.49 and Dana Wells (freshman, Tieton, Wash.) took seventh in a PR time of 49.19. Arizona State's Donald Sanford won the 400m with a time of 46.19.
Joe Abbott (sophomore, Reno) ran an improved NCAA PQ and PR time in the 800m of 1 minute, 49.92 seconds for fifth place while Luke Lemenager (senior, Maple Valley) took eighth place with a PR time of 1:50.80.
The Cougar men's 4x400m relay squad of Anderson, Greg Hornsby, Follett and Abbott took third place with an NCAA PQ time of 3:09.35. Anderson opened the relay with a 45.5 lead leg split time.
"The relay team ran hard and it was a good run by all four guys. They looked very, very strong at the end of the run," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "And Jesh's open 400 race was a good, strong run by him."
Stephan Scott-Ellis (freshman, Tacoma) finished third in the triple jump with an NCAA PQ mark of 50-feet, 8 3/4 inches (15.46m), and Sean Wilson (sophomore, Colorado Springs, Colo.) leaped a PR distance of 47-2 1/2 (14.39m) for 11th.
"Stephan had a good couple of days with a 24-foot long jump Friday and another 50-foot triple jump today. Good, solid competition for him," Sloan said.
Trent Arrivey (senior, Woodinville) placed third in the high jump after clearing an NCAA PQ height of 7-1 1/2 (2.17m), and Ryan Deese (junior, Colorado Springs, Colo.) took fifth place with a height clearance at 6-11 1/2 (2.12m). Ross VanZanten (redshirt freshman, Longview) finished ninth after clearing the bar at 6-7 1/2 (2.02m).
In the men's heptathlon, Kyle Schauble (senior, Kennewick) finished fifth with a PR score of 5,102 points, and Ramsey Hopkins (freshman, San Diego) reached a PR total of 4,658 for 11th. Sophomore Sean Harris did not compete in the second day of the heptathlon after suffering back spasms. Schauble started the second day of competition with a 60m hurdles time of 8.27, pole vaulted 13-9 1/4 (4.20m), and ran the 1000m in a time of 2:47.08. Hopkins' 60m hurdles time was 8.65, he pole vaulted 12-5 1/2 (3.80m), and ran a 3:07.75 time in the 1000m.
"Kyle had a pretty solid performance all the way through, had a little letdown in the vault but he did a good job today and got a PR and fifth place," Sloan said.
Marlon Murray (junior, Des Moines, Wash.) ran a 60m dash time of 6.86 for sixth place after finishing third in the 200m Friday night.
Courtney Zalud (freshman, Colbert) took seventh place in the women's 800m with a PR time of 2:11.13 and Caroline Austin (freshman, Chehalis) ran a PR time of 2:14.03 for 11th. In the mile, Lisa Egami (senior, Coquitlam, B.C.) finished fourth with a season-best time of 4:47.33, and Austin ran a PR time of 4:56.16, finishing 12th.
"Courtney did a nice job with her run today, winning the slow race and I wish she had been in the fast section because she might have done something even greater," Sloan said.
Princess Joy Griffey (senior, Federal Way) ran a 60m dash time of 7.53 for sixth place in the final after running a season-best time of 7.48 in the prelims. Angela Jensen (junior, Tacoma) took eighth place in the 60m hurdles (8.71) after finishing sixth in the pentathlon Friday night.
The Cougar women finished out of the scoring in the 400m dash. Shawn Fermin ran a time of 56.44 (12th), with PR times coming from Jacki Hill at 56.90 (14th) and Veronica Elseroad-Wall at 57.19 (16th). Brianne Brown ran a time of 57.37 (17th). But, as the 4x400m relay team, Fermin, Griffey, Elseroad-Wall and Brown finished fifth with a time of 3:43.85.
Shot putters Jacob Weintraub (junior, Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Joe Bartlett (sophomore, Reno) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, with Weintraub tossing a PR mark of 55-3 1/2 (16.85m). Bartlett threw 54-4 3/4 (16.58m). In the women's shot put, Jennifer Hamilton (sophomore, Longview) tossed a PR distance of 45-2 1/2 (13.78m) for eighth place, and Jasmine Johnson-McKeown finished ninth after throwing 43-5 1/4 (13.24m).
Finishing out of the scoring included WSU's David Hickerson who ran a PR time in the men's mile of 4:08.46 for 12th place. Dan Geib ran a PR time in the 3000m of 8:16.11 (15th) and Justin Englund also ran a PR with his time of 8:17.80 (18th), while Jono Lafler ran a time of 8:30.16 (20th). Chelsea VanDeBrake ran a PR time of 9:53.05 for 21st in the women's 3000m after running a PR time in the 5000m Friday night. Candace Missouri triple jumped 37-8 (11.4m) which was 13th.
Oregon won the women's team competition with 133 points, followed by Stanford (113), Arizona (109), Arizona State (75), California (64.5), UCLA (53.5), Washington State (45), Washington (34), Cal State Northridge (27.5), and Long Beach State (7.5). UCLA took the men's team title with 108.5 points followed by Stanford (95.5), California (90), Arizona State (79), Arizona (67), Washington State (59), Oregon (59), Cal State Northridge (47), Washington (41), and Long Beach State (16).
"We had a lot of PRs in this meet but we have to be better in order to be competitive," Sloan said. "I'm looking forward to the outdoor season because we will add events where we are strong and people haven't been competing during the indoor season. We have good depth in the steeplechase, the intermediate hurdles, the javelin and discus. Our team gets a lot stronger because these competitors are very good at what they do outdoors."
Next weekend there are several "last chance" meets across the country and the Cougar coaches will decide next week if any WSU athletes will compete in them. The NCAA Indoor Championships are March 12-13, in Fayetteville, Ark.